Flight Lieutenant alumnus Owen in RAF Falcons parachute display
A Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer from Walton-On-Thames, Surrey is about to commence his second display season and his first season as Officer Commanding of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
On the 31st October 2016, Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Simon Owen, 30, a graduate from the University of Portsmouth, took over as Officer Commanding (OC) the RAF Falcons, who are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Simon said: "I am extremely proud to have taken over as Officer Commanding of the RAF Falcons and am honoured to be working with such a motivated and high performing team. We are looking forward to starting the 2017 display season and representing the Royal Air Force at events throughout the UK.”
For over 50 years, the UK’s Military Parachute Display Team, the RAF Falcons, have delivered fast paced, high profile displays from up to 12,000ft across the UK and abroad. Each member ofthe RAF Falcons has been specially selected for their role, and as well as putting on spectacular displays for the public to enjoy, they also undertake training to prepare them for advanced Parachute Jumping Instructor roles, where they will be responsible for the delivery of operationally focused parachute training for the entire UK Military.
Flt Lt Owen joined the RAF in January 2009 as a Training Officer. In 2014, he completed the Parachute Jumping Instructor Course, which led to the award of his military parachute wings and the coveted Parachute Jumping Instructor Brevet. Subsequently, he was posted to RAF Brize Norton as Officer Commanding Military Training Flight, within No. 1 Parachute Training School. In this role, Simon was responsible for the delivery of initial parachute training, ranging from the Basic Low Level Parachute Course to the High Altitude Parachute Course, whereby specialist troops are trained to parachute on oxygen from altitudes of up to 25,000ft.
Simon was selected for a two year tour on the RAF Falcons in 2015. His first year was as the Deputy OC, which saw him organising and running displays from the ground, assisted by the Team’s Survival Equipment Fitters and other support personnel. Now in his second year, he has been appointed as Officer Commanding RAF Falcons, responsible for leading the Team through their rigorous training schedule and display season.
The RAF Falcons have completed a busy period of winter training in preparation for the 2017 display season, which commences on Friday 5th May 2017 with the Team’s Launch Day at RAF Brize Norton.
If you would like to find out more about the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, their latest news, and upcoming displays near you, please visit www.raf.mod.uk/falcons. You can also keep up to date with the Team by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.